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An organic garden with
a long circular walk in North West Devon

Bocombe Mill Cottage, Bocombe,
Near Clovelly, Devon
EX39 5PH

Phone:
01237 451293

Owners:
Chris Butler & David Burrows

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In 2015 the 5 acres of Bocombe Mill Cottage Garden will, for the tenth year, be open exclusively for the benefit of the National Gardens Scheme (NGS). All of the money from our Admission Charges and sales of Homemade Teas go directly to the NGS, which supports charities such as Macmillan Cancer Support and many more. Our open days are:

The whole Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May, that’s Saturday 23rd, Sunday 24th and Monday 25th May. From 12 noon to 5pm.
Plus, in June, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th at the same times

If you're a group of 10 or more you can make an appointment for visits with guided tours from the beginning of March until the end of September.

October 2019
October 2019
Until this plant grew too big it thrived in the shelter of our house terrace. Prior to planting we should have explored more than one horticultural advice web site. Then we’d have found it is in hardiness group H5 and would grow anywhere at Bocombe.

Aralia cachemirica has maroon to black fruits from mid-September through to the first frosts.

It’s vigorous and tall and spreads easily. The leaves are dark green and pinate, being divided into ovate heart-shapes and then toothed! Said by most web sites to require moist but well drained soil, at Bocombe it grows, let’s not beat about the bush, in waterlogged soil.
The Hermit at Bocombe Mill Cottage

Tucked away among our thousands of trees is a Hermitage where Simon the Hermits lives. When approached he’s a friendly chap and will cheerfully show you round his Hermitage and adjacent Shell Grotto. Having lived in the valley at Bocombe, as he says “since before time began”, he’s very knowledgeable about the Mystery of St Bocombe, and the rest of the world!

Visit the gardens at Bocombe Mill Cottage to explore what many an Estate owner in the 18th century paid handsomely for – a live Hermit! Check Simon out here,

See more pictures of the gardens through the months in our "Photo diary"
More views of the garden
A beautiful garden in North West Devon open exclusively for the benefit of the National Gardens Sheme
5 acres of gardens,wild flower meadow, orchard and goat hillside in the peace and tranquility of the rugged North West Devon coast
Set in a small wooded valley
Circular Garden Walk of just under one mile
Opening times
Potting shed notes - read our Blog
Read what others have said about the gardens at Bocombe Mill Cottage
Bocombe Mill Cottage is a NO SMOKING garden. Sorry no pets.

Location Opening times The gardens Circular walk
Photo diary Garden history Local places of interest Blog flower Press